Desperate Girls

The Badi Girls

Between 7,000 and 12,000 young girls, aged 9-16, are trafficked each year from Nepal; mainly to India. According to Nepal Monitor/On line journal, 2007, there are more than 200,000 Nepali girls in Indian brothels.

The Dalits(untouchables) are the lowest level in Hindu society, and the Badi community, in Western Nepal, are the lowest of the low. As a displaced hungry people group the Badi community has made sexual subservience a way of life. Young girls from this group “serve” other groups. This has become a tradition and means of livelihood. Many girls, even when they are unwilling, are forced to serve as sex slaves. Family members knowingly sell their daughters to traffickers.

Though prostitution is illegal in Nepal, the industry reportedly has links with highly ranked officials and political leaders. Large groups of girls are taken across the border with many police and government officials being in collusion with traffickers and brothel owners.

Traffickers and related criminals are often protected by political parties, and if arrested, are freed using political power. As a result, there is an underlying distrust of police that has led people not to file cases against traffickers.

Domestic action involves activities of NGO’s and other volunteer groups. These groups are playing a major role to address girl-trafficking and sex slaves issues. Some NGO’s are playing a very important role to improve the situation. From creating social awareness to rescuing and rehabilitation, they are providing services (and relief) to those that need it the most – the likely victims as well as the rescued ones. The Lighthouse foundation is one of these.

*See Chandra Kala’s story on this blog site.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Yangon, I have no idea what date it is, but it is Sunday

Grahame and I are back in Yangon after a crazy couple of days.  It is Easter Sunday, so the team here are all going off to church this morning.  We are are all from different situations, and joining our brothers and sisters from another culture and tongue praising the one who died for us.  How marvellous to be in the body of Christ.
Friday we had our first experience of an "Airbus".  We boarded in Yangon, flew one hour to Heho, landed for 15 minutes, we had to stay put, while others passengers got out and others got in.  The plane refuelled  then up in the air again for 20  minutes, then landing in Mandalay for 15 minutes, some out and others in; off again for 20 minutes, landing in Titicheleck for 15 minutes, some out others in, the up again to Kiayung Tung for another hour.  Finally it was our time to get out, thank goodness.
Just like catching a bus, only in the air.  It was very exhausting.  We flew over beautiful hills and glorious farmlands.
I know we are proud of our flying kangaroo airline.  But Myannmar have done one better.  Their symbol is a flying elephant.  It gives a new meaning to "thank goodness, cows can't fly"

We connected with some lovely people there are are trusting we will be able to set up a school there to educate the poor.  Illiteracy is 80per cent in that region.  The land there that is available, is on a hill, with low mountains surrounding, and below lots of,rice paddies.  It is cooler there also.  It was worth the "Airbus" experience to meet these lovely people.  The pastor was taking a 9 hour trek on his scooter up into the mountains to care for the churches in that region the next day.  The committed lives these people live is always a challenge for us.  Time to go to church.  More later.   Robyn

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